In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Throw (someone) under the Bus.
What does “throw (someone) under the bus” mean?
- to betray someone you know to save oneself
- to criticize or blame someone in order to gain an advantage
- to do something harmful to someone else for self-benefits
How to use it?
- The “someone” in this idiom is usually someone you know — a friend, acquaintance, colleague or partner.
- Instead of “throw”, you can also use “push” or “shove”, but “throw” is more commonly used.
- Be careful! He will throw you under the bus if this project fails.
- When things get ugly, she always finds someone to throw under the bus.
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